Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief – Review

I always used to think I had oily skin. Only oily skin. Years of experience and dermatologist visits have taught me that I have rather dry skin. And all of my oil stripping cleansers, astringents and the like have only made it drier. My skin will then attempt to compensate for the dryness by producing excess oil. This is especially true on my forehead and t-zone. Thus I embarked upon a search for the perfect moisturizer to control both my dryness and the subsequent oiliness.

Clinique Moisture Surge

I tried various drugstore brands before venturing out into the world of Clinique. It was a natural place to start right? The brand is heavily known for their skincare. Both their website and word of mouth directed me to Moisture Surge. So off I went.

Generic Information:

Clinique offers their original (more on this later) Moisture Surge formula in both 1.7 and 2.5 oz jars. They cost $36 USD and $48.50 USD respectively. I purchased the 1.7 oz jar. It’s definitely the most I’d ever spent on a moisturizer. Especially given that a jar of 2.0oz  Olay Complete (sensitive skin) comes in at under $8 USD, A 16oz of Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream costs less than $11 USD and of course a Pond’s moisturizer can usually be found for under $5 USD for almost 4 oz!


This moisturizer comes in a nice heavy, glass (or what I think is glass) jar. The screw on cap has the typical mirror plastic finish of Clinique packages. I should note that this jar is not immune to gunky buildup. I didn’t really want to take a picture of it but…FOR SCIENCE


Yeah. I clean this every few days because I can’t stand the gunky stuff. It’s very gelatinous in its texture and comes off in small chunks. I’m not sure HOW they could stop this from happening but I wish they could.


Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief is a gel-like, oil-free moisturizer. When they say gel-like they mean it!


Blended Out

Unfortunately I was unable to locate any ingredient info on this!


I use this immediately after cleansing or showering and occasionally as  mask. It has a cool, gel-based formula. It feels very light on my skin, but is by no means LIGHT in weight. It takes a few seconds to absorb into the skin and leaves a mildly sticky residue behind until it’s completely dry. I use about a dime sized amount for my entire face and I make sure to give it a thorough rubbing and a minute or two to dry before I move onto the next skincare step.


As I said before, this can leave a sticky feeling behind until it’s completely dry. I give it a minute or two to set after rubbing it in vigorously. It wears neatly under makeup and doesn’t melt off or become greasy.


If my skin isn’t super dry that day, an application after morning cleansing and after evening cleansing leaves my skin feeling taut and healthy, if not super-hydrated. However, if my skin is super dry I’ve had to re-apply 4-5 times a day just to keep my skin from flaking. It’s not the miracle product I was hoping for. Anyway, the descrption for this item states:

This light, comfortable cream-gel is a “drink” for skin, continuously plumping it with hydration. Fine lines, flakiness, and tightness are washed away. Skin looks and feels happier and healthier—even through shifts in humidity.

It did temporarily reduce tightness and (as you can see below) does reduce fine lines. But I wouldn’t say it was a great cure for flakiness.

Before Clinique Moisture Surge

After Clinique Moisture Surge


This is an excellent moisturizer for, as Clinique themselves acknowledge – oily skinned ladies or those with moderate dryness. I fail to see why every quiz I take on dry skin moisturizers brings this up though, it’s clearly not meant to be the fix for flaky, dry or patchy skin. It gets points down for the somewhat disappointing promises in the title – it is not really long wearing or thirst relieving. Luckily Clinique recently came out with an “Intense” version of this moisturizer and I’ve already purchased it.

Value: 3/4

Packaging: 4/5

Application: 8/10

Wear: 8/10

Results: 8/10

Overall: 77.5% (C+)

I’ll be sure to let you guys know how Moisture Surge Intense works out for me! Until then~

<3 EA

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17 Responses to Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief – Review

  1. Larie says:

    I can’t remember whether I tried this or the intense version. I remember it being really lightweight, though!
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  2. sara says:

    I have never tried anything from this brand but I have seen people raving about their skincare products. Will have to look into them now :) Hope the intense version works better :)
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  3. Love, love, love Clinique =) What I can really recommend are their body treatment oils! I’ve been using the “Tonic” and “Anti eau” for years now and I can say that it really helps. I think I’ve never had one of their facial products though… The texture you’re describing “leaves a mildly sticky residue behind until it’s completely dry” is very well known to me and I don’t really like it.. gel creams are really popular at the moment (I had different ones from Biotherm) but I don’t like the initial residue they leave on your skin..

    hahaha ironically the only gel cream I really liked isn’t sold anymore =(

    I’m curious to read your opinion on the intense version!
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    • oh my… I just noticed that the oils I wrote about aren’t Clinique but Clarins =) sorry for the confusion!! I like Clinique’s products nevertheless… although I don’t use their skin products I’ve only heard good things!! My sister uses Clinique and loves it =)
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  4. It’s cool that it does help to reduce lines, but it’s too bad that it doesn’t do much for dryness!
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  5. Omg, I thought I had oily skin too! But nooo, it was just over producing oil from using too many oil stripping cleaners and Clean & Clear astringent! Twins?
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  6. Shivani says:

    I don’t like clinique’s skin care – its overrated.
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  7. I eagerly await the review on the ‘Intense’ version. (Why… did I put quotes around Intense— it is literally the Intense version. Haha.)

    Still, it sounds like a moderately good moisturizing product. Not quite great enough to jump off my lovely GiGi Organics one, but it’s pretty good competition~.

    Still, sucks you didn’t find a product on the level you need. D: Fingers crossed for the Intense stuff! :]
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  8. Celina says:

    Wow, thank so much for taking that before and after shot! I wish more bloggers would do stuff like that, it’s so much more informative (says the blogger who is too lazy to do the same!)
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  9. Stacey says:

    I have the same problem with my skin! I found out a couple years back and using an intense moisturizer has definitely balanced things out a bit. I used to be very interested in trying the Clinique Moisture Surge line, but Kiehl’s just works so well for me I’m sticking with it.
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  10. I’ve tried this too and it’s ok. I prefer H2O+ Blue Oasis Gel. That stuff is great. I used it for years! Hmmm…I should get some more!

  11. I got a sample of this once and was using it for the longest time. I think it works pretty well for me. I know what you mean by the gunky stuff! It happens to most of my jar ones!
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  12. Diane says:

    i’m using the clinique dramatically different moisturizing gel.. so far so good.. it has a pump.. never gets gunky.. hope you can try that too! but i think what you have is much heavier. thanks for the sharing.. i want to try it too- once i finished up mine.
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  13. I have combination skin, oily in the t-zone, dry around the mouth and in other areas… Booooo… Thanks for this review, I’ll definitely be redirecting everyone here :) )
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  14. adrienne says:

    I do have oily skin sadly :( but I enjoyed using this I used it once a week and felt so much better for it :)
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  15. corallista says:

    I’m yet to try skincare from Clinique, this might suit my combination/oily skin!
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  16. kim says:

    Love, love this product. I can’t stand fragrant creams. This 1 is wonderful. Worth every dollar in my opinion. I came upon it accidentally. I finished that jar. My husband gave me an option on what to buy for Christmas this was my wish. Lol… It does wonders fir my Native American skin…

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